Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut, Kabir Bedi, Nicholas Brown

Director: Anurag Basu


Back in the 80s, `Kites' would have come with a tagline : a violent love story. In those days, giving a Hindi film an English language title without an explanatory subhead was a risky thing to do.

In 2010, `Kites' comes by itself, trying to coast on a polyglot mix : a tawny-chested Bollywood superstar, a bronzed-skinned Mexican beauty, and a few other people of indeterminate origin. But despite its global trappings, the beautifully shot `Kites' is basically really old wine in a sort-of new bottle, in a script which doesn't quite know whether it wants to be an old-fashioned `prem kahani', or a new style romance, and ends up being neither.

J ( Roshan ) a likely lad based in Las Vegas. We never know how he comes to be there. Accompanied by a friend, he mooches along , smiling only when he comes into contact with the needy ladies he marries and divorces at top speed. It is strictly business : they do it because of that old thing—a green card, and he does it because of an older thing—money.

Everything changes when he meets the fantastically wealthy Gina ( Ranaut), whose ride is a four-door ( or is it six?) limo, and whose dad ( Bedi) owns the biggest casino in Vegas, and it appears as if his scrounging days are over.

And then, just as the madly-in-love Gina ( she shows her hand by turning up in J's untidy bachelor's pad and starting to arrange things) and the gathering-honey-while-he-may J start looking like a couple, along comes the stunning Linda ( Mori).

She happens to be Gina's brother's ( Brown) fiancée, but she also, hold your breath, has a past intimate connection with J.

... contd.

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